LAHORE - Opposition parties which met for the second consecutive day at Islamabad yesterday failed to achieve consensus on the issue of Prime Ministers resignation they are demanding for fair investigations into the Panama leaks.

While announcing the agreed points on the new ToRs, Ch Aitzaz Ahsan of the PPP told media men on Tuesday that consensus could not be achieved on PM’s resignation as some parties thought it was not the right time for such a demand. He did not name those parties for obvious reasons.

A PPP insider later blamed the ANP of Asfandyar Wali Khan and the Qaumi Watan Party of Aftab Sherpao for their note of dissent on this issue.

However, another source privy to the meeting confided to The Nation that PPP also did not come up with a clear stance when the Opposition parties deliberated this point in the meeting.

This is in stark contradiction to a clear statement by party chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in which he asked the Prime Minister the other day to step down to face the inquiry.

Senator Saeed Ghani of the PPP Tuesday dogged a question by a news anchor about his party’s indecisive position during the parleys.

He confined himself only to stating that stance of the PPP on the issue of PM’s resignation was the same as that of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.  

While the respective positions of the PTI, JI, PML-Q and MQM on the question of PM’s resignation are quite clear, the PPP, ANP and Qaumi Watan Party have been wavering from the very beginning.

The PPP in particular is still maintaining a vague stance on this issue when it comes to stating it in black and white.

Political observers are not sure if the ANP has taken this position on its own. They suspect it might be the result of an understanding between the PPP President Asif Ali Zardari and ANP chief Asfandyar Wali as the two leaders think this was not the right time to seek resignation from the Prime Minister.

Some even state it could be the outcome of a secret negotiation held between Asif Zardari and Mian Nawaz Sharif when the latter visited London for his medical treatment.